Think about your life right now. Think about its routines and how you consider certain things completely normal. Nothing fascinating there right? Of course not. Everything you do is technically part of the African culture. But, there isn’t a lot to be excited about concerning your everyday movement to and from school/work.
However, what if you were part of a different African culture entirely? We did a bit of research and found some of Africa’s most interesting cultures. Just for fun, we began to wonder what it would be like to be a part of them. Let’s have a look, shall we?
1. Maasai (Kenya & Tanzania)
This culture is relatively old in Africa and has its fair share of unique features. If, by some stroke of good luck, you happen to be born into this culture, life would be significantly different for you than it is now.
For starters, you’d mostly wear bright red clothing and, depending on certain factors, you might not have a lot of contact with civilization. Additionally, you’re likely to either be a pastoralist or a warrior. Talk about manly jobs!
Exciting as all these are, they’re not the most interesting parts of being a Maasai.
As a member of this African culture, you’d be an hematophage. The layman translation of that is you’d drink blood as a source of nutrition. It’ll mostly be cow blood mixed with milk. Now that’s a balanced diet.
2. Umoja (Kenya)
We’re willing to take a wild guess right now and say that your life is largely patriarchal. The man is the head of the family. The man gets certain privileges. The woman moves to the man’s house upon marriage and begins to live with him. All these are acceptable for you. But, what if all of that were to change?
Somewhere in Kenya is a small village that was founded recently. It consists entirely of women and men aren’t allowed. In reality, the proper choice of words is “men are banned.” The only men allowed to sleep there are those who were initially born and raised within the village. You can visit but the ladies will send you packing before long. That’s right, all your playboy charm wouldn’t work on these independent black women!
3. Hamar (Ethiopia)
Have you ever been told you can’t do something and you had to prove yourself? Remember how you built your confidence and psyched yourself up over and over again to remind yourself that you’re as strong or as good as you need to be? We’re willing to wager that it might not have been quite as challenging as what you’d have had to do if you were born into this culture.
In this part of Ethiopia, you have to prove your manhood at a certain point. To do so, you’ll strip naked, your bare buttocks exposed to the elements. Afterward, you have to run, jump, and land perfectly on the back of a bull. But, that’s not all. When you’re done, you’ll then hop from the back of one bull to another in a herd pulled by older men. How exciting!
4. Fulani (Nigeria)
Let’s be honest and agree that working to get a girl can be hard sometimes. As a matter of fact, some of them demand ridiculously high standards from you. Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with it and you can always find another cutie. But, what do you do when the entire culture requires that you must do something to get that girl?
In the Fulani culture, before you get the girl’s hand in marriage, you must first go through a physical test of endurance. You won’t be lifting weights or running laps. No, that’s too easy. To get the girl, you’ll be beaten by members of her family. If you can’t bear the pain, you lose the chick.
These four cultures present a particularly special way to look at the world. Maybe one day, when this pandemic is over, you’ll consider travelling the world to explore a few more of them.